skull ark in Munich, Berlin, and Stuttgart

I just came back home after spending three weeks in Munich for the set up and world première of my latest work, skull ark, upturned with no mast. Working on this project taught me more that I could imagine. I did something I had never done before, and I am happy with the result and all the risks I’ve taken.
I want to thank Anna Kubelìk, for building my instrument, an incredibly beautiful installation; Eva G. Alonso, for being absolutely the best light designer of all times, and for the long night shifts; Chris Swithinbank, for solving every problem, and for creating the most magical environment; and the four performers, Emma Iannotta, Karin Hellqvist, Truike van der Poel, and Johanna Zimmer, for being open to realise all my requests — even the craziest ones, like “don’t blink”.
Big shout out also to Laura Martegani and Paolo Mariangeli, for being with us all the time, with their positivity, and hard work.


[©smailovic]

We are presenting this piece again in Berlin, at the DAAD Gallery, on August 15th, and in Stuttgart at the Festival ECLAT,  on 6–10 February 2019. I hope to see you there!

Portrait Film by Johannes List

In February, filmmaker Johannes List visited me in Berlin to produce this short portrait video for the prize ceremony of the Ernst von Siemens Komponistenpreis, which I was awarded at the beginning of May. I am so grateful for the support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. We are currently working on a new CD of my recent works for large ensemble and orchestra for release next year. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Hindemith-Preis 2018

I am so honored to have been awarded the Hindemith-Preis 2018 and am looking forward to attending the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, where on July 23rd 2018 the award ceremony will take place.

Thank you so much to all the amazing musicians, composers, artistic directors, journalists, and friends who helped me to get here![photo Astrid Ackermann]

New Interview on National Sawdust Log

A few weeks ago, Giulia Accornero asked me to reply to some questions for an interview on the National Sawdust Log — you can read the whole interview here.

We talked about what it means to me to be a responsable curator and a female composer in a male-dominated field. Although I have been lucky enough to meet people who supported me throughout the beginning of my career, it is my responsibility to denounce the challenging situations many female composers experience. It is painful to see that still in 2018 new music festivals have a completely unbalanced gender representation, with some of the most prestigious platforms presenting almost 100% male programmes. Sometimes, people think that organizing female festivals or concerts balances out the situation, but female composers don’t need a space created especially for them, they want and deserve to share the same space men have.

If you don’t know many female composers, feel free to reach out. I will be happy to provide a long list of wonderful names.

dead wasps in the jam-jar (iii)

On October 9, the Arditti Quartet will premiere my latest piece, dead wasps in the jam-jar (iii), at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris), as part of the 46th edition of the Festival d’Automne à Paris.

Much gratitude to the Festival d’Automne, who commissioned the piece, to the Ernst von Siemens Foundation and the Proquartet Association for their support, and to Jan Bernstein, who built the buzzing machines.

I hope to see you at the concert!
[photo Jan Bernstein]

Il colore dell’ombra on CD

Last year I had the privilege of recording my piano trio Il colore dell’ombra with Longleash during a residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Art Center (EMPAC).
It was pure joy! Jeffrey Svatek and Todd Vos, our sound engineers, took great care of the music, and I could not ask for better conditions.
Pala Garcia, John Popham, and Renate Rohlfing, my dear friends of Longleash, are releasing their debut album, Passage, on September 22, 2017. The CD, coming out on New Focus Recordings, includes works by Christopher Trapani, Yukiko Watanabe, Juan De Dios Magdaleno, Francesco Filidei, and myself.

You can oder it here. I hope you will enjoy it!